Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Home Port - Our New Etsy Shop

Well, I did it...
I reopened my little Etsy shop with a new name...

It's pretty fitting to our Navy lifestyle.
I am still making hand stamped jewelry, but am looking to add other fun crafts over time.
I am so excited to start this up again!
Please head over to the shop by clicking on this link:

The Home Port - Etsy Shop

And, if that link doesn't work you can copy and paste this into your browser:

Tell all of your friends, Pin some items on Pinterest, share us on Facebook, & let me know if you're looking for a spot on your blog for advertising!
I'm trying to get the word out that we are here and ready to do business & would LOVE & appreciate all of your help!! :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

4th of July

I have come to grips with the fact that I will never blog right after an event, but our photos will end up on the blog eventually. :)

We weren't sure what was going on for the 4th of July festivities.  We threw some ideas out there, but we weren't sure what Brad's schedule looked like until last minute.  So, once we had official word we decided to pack up and head down to San Antonio to spend the weekend with Brad's sister & family!  They always know how to have a good time!
We dressed the kids up in red, white, & blue, & went to their church for a big pancake breakfast!  The kids ran around and danced while we enjoyed a pot luck meal!

That night, their neighbors threw a big gathering!  More food, dancing, AND SNOW BALLS!!  Where does one get snow balls in southern Texas in the middle of JULY?!?
The kids had a great time running around throwing them at each other.  Norah kept digging in the cooler, but came up empty handed most times.  Really, I think she was just in the way of most of the other kids, but she was happy.
She may have even got trampled at one point in time. Poor kiddo!!  But, she got right back up & Tre was so sweet to make her a snow ball of her own out of what was left in the cooler.  She carried it around for a while and eventually threw it at nothing and nobody.  :)

Earlier in the day, while Norah napped, Presley decorated her scooter for the big bicycle parade {an annual event in the neighborhood}.  Once the fireworks started & the rain started falling from the clouds, Presley went inside, so Norah did the honors of showing off Presley's hard work.  She was THRILLED!!  Smiling from ear to ear!
Shortly after, we followed Presley inside and the girls had a dance off with streamers, watched Peppa Pig, & snacked on strawberries.
They were happy to be away from the "booms" as Norah would call them.
But, I couldn't let the whole day pass without her lighting her own sparkler, so back outside we went for a few minutes to catch some of the action.

It was a wonderful holiday.  I love when the kids get together to play!  Norah certainly loves spending time with them and misses them when they are gone.

haha... poor Tre!!

The next morning the kids got up, played outside for a bit, & we hit the road.
It was a short visit, but certainly not the last!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Ok.  It's no surprise we spend a lot of time out at the water table while Daddy is at work.
We spend a lot of time at the pool when he is home, but I haven't had the guts to take my camera with me and leave it unattended.
I swear we do other things, I just rarely lug my camera with me these days, so they end up on my phone, never to escape. ;)

It rained a lot last weekend.
I think it's the most rain the Dallas area has seen this season.  We were ok with that... free lawn watering! :)
The rain didn't keep us inside, though.
Norah had a blast running around and catching rain drops in her cup.

She is growing so much these days.
Every time she wakes up, she's a little bit taller & her vocabulary is sprouting!
Her newest words are "more, tree, stuck, boo boo, baby, bowl {for when she wants cereal}, Ariel {every mermaid is Ariel} & Popeye."  
She calls for us frequently!
If one of us disappears in the grocery store she will call out "MOM" or "DADDY" until we return.  I'm sure the other shoppers love that!
She has learned how to kiss on the lips.
Whenever we would ask for a kiss in the past, she would always lean her forehead towards our lips.  It's nice that she shows more affection these days, but she still tells us "no" if we ask her if she loves us.  We're still working on that one!  She loves to kiss/have her boo boos kissed. And she all out sprints these days.  She's hard to keep up with sometimes!

{Aunt Jenni, I found a mermaid in the yard after you left!  I promise it will come with us on our next visit!  Norah has been enjoying it while she can, though}.

And, due to all of the rain, we were greeted by the most beautiful sunsets on the last day of storms.  I don't think I've ever seen anything like it!